Biography of Simon J. Simons
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Simon J. Simons, whose death occurred January 25, 1928, was long one of Hayward's active and successful business men, exercising judgment and enterprise which enabled him to accomplish much in a material way, and throughout the community he commanded the esteem and friendship of all who knew him.

Mr. Simons was born in Narddorf, Amrum island, Schleswig, Germany, on the 6th of March, 1860, and was in the sixty eighth year of his age at the time of his demise. He was a son of John Carl and Anna Christiana (Nielson) Simons, also were natives of that locality. His father followed the sea in early life but after contracting pneumonia his physician advised him to change his occupation, and he then learned the carpenter trade, in which he became an expert. He built some fine boats; did excellent cabinet work; and was also a good bricklayer. Later he turned his attention to farming and followed that occupation until his death, which occurred in 1881 when he was forty six years of age. His wife, who remained on the home farm, survivied him many years, passing away in 1916 at the age of eighty one years.

Simon J. Simons, who was the eldest of the seven children, four sons and three daughters, born to his parents, attended the public schools and remained at home until fifteen years of age, when he came to the United States with one of the Jensen brothers, who were large land owners in Alameda county, California. Landing at New York, they traveled overland to this state and located at Hayward, where Mr. Simons went to work on the Jensen brothers' big ranch in Hollis canyon. He was employed there for about five years and then turned his attention to the saloon business, in which he was engaged for several years. In the early '90s he established a bottling business in Hayward, which proved a successful venture, and he carried it on alone until about 1910, when he organized the Hayward Soda Works Company, of which he became president, remaining at the head of that business up to the time of his death, which came as the result of an acute attack of appendicitis. Being a man of keen sagacity in business affairs, he equipped his plant with up to date machinery and appliances, and through his industry and progressive methods built up a large and prosperous business.

On June 9, 1886, Mr. Simons was united in marriage to Miss Annie Alena Hunt, a daughter of John and Emaline (Sharp) Hunt, the former of whom was a native of England and the latter of Connecticut. They were married in that state and at an early day came to California, settling in Hayward, where they spent their remaining years, the father dying in December, 1904. Mrs. Hunt then located near her daughter because of the blindness with which she was afflicted during the later years of her life, and her death occurred in June, 1920. Mr. Hunt was a republican in politics and was held in high regard by his fellowmen. To him and his wife were born two children: Annie Alena and George M., who is deceased. Mrs. Simons, who was born June 14, 1864, is still living in Hayward, enjoying splendid health, and she and her son, John H., are now managing the business established by her husband. To Mr. and Mrs. Simons were born five children, namely: Hall, who died in infancy; John H., who is actively identified with the Hayward Soda Works Company; Edward R., Simon J., Jr., and Helen A.

Mr. Simons was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Oakland, the Sons of Herman at Livermore, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Foresters of America, the Dania Lodge and the U. P. E. C. A man of cordial and friendly manner, kind and generous in disposition, and with a genuine interest in the welfare of his community, he commanded to an unusual degree the confidence and good will of his fellow citizens, and his death was deeply regretted by all who knew him. For twenty years he filled the office of town trustee and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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